So there’s life, and then there’s life after Vitamix. I’ve loudly proclaimed, to much teasing, that a Vitamix is not just a blender…it’s a lifestyle. I say all of this with a heavy dose of humor, but after owning one for a few weeks now…I have to say, it really is a game changer and dream machine. Now that I’ve made a decent assortment of smoothies, I feel it’s time I start sharing…so without further delay…here’s what Vitamix can do for you, juice-wise.
My baby is the Vitamix 750 Pro, and in addition to the usual settings from 1-10, it has pre-sets like smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, puree, and wash. I’m mostly going to explore the smoothie setting in this post..but trust me…making almond butter in this baby is a dream.
The question is…what should you put in your smoothie? Should and could are two different categories here, because you really can put anything in a Vitamix. Smoothies, if made well, can be an amazing source of all sorts of vitamins and nutrients to help you look and feel better from the inside out! If you want more authoritative information, go check out Nutrition Stripped for all her amazing recipes and insight.
I personally like a combination of fruit, vegetables, superfoods, liquid, and ice.
For veggies I use:
- Spinach (one generous handfull)
- Kale (three or four large leaves)
- Broccoli (one or two chunks)
- Parsley (about three tablespoons)
- Sometimes I also add cucumber or avocado, depending on whether or not I want it creamier
For fruits I use:
- Orange/Lemon (one, peeled and seeds removed)
- An apple or pear ,cored
- A few grapes
- Five or six pineapple chunks
- Sometimes I add a passionfruit, papaya, a whole kiwi, berries, or mango
- I also add bananas if I want a thicker smoothie, or am using less fruit in general. They’re excellent frozen
After all of this, I gradually add water (you can use any kind of milk or whatever you prefer) to thin the smoothie out a little if I’m not aiming for something really thick, along with 8-10 ice cubes.
Meyer lemons are especially great in smoothies, because they’re a little bit sweeter but still cut the taste of the greens!
Superfoods you say?
- Spirulina powder, about a tablespoon
- Ground flax seed, another tablespoon
- Chia Seeds, two tablespoons
- Live Active Manuka Honey, tablespoon
- Udo’s Oil, a few drops
If green isn’t really your thing, that’s fine…I also have a back up plan if you’re looking for something that tastes decadent but is actually just excellent for you!
An Avocado-Date-Banana-Cacao Nib smoothie.
Mix one avocado, one frozen banana, a few dates, and two tablespoons of ground raw cacao powder together with ice and a little almond/cashew/soy/regular milk if you’d like. You can also sneak some flax and chia seeds into it too! Either way, enjoy!
Needless to say, there are many different kinds of smoothies (and soups, and dressings, and frozen treats, and doughs, and butters, and love) in my future thanks to this beauty of a machine (an amazing, perfect, incredible, and wonderful gift from my bridesmaids!) and I can’t wait to share them all with you!
Now I’m gonna go back to blending some impossible things into itty bitty little pieces!